Obituaries Tuesday March 4th

William Karl “Bill” Gullberg, Sr. age 88 of Stronghurst, Illinois died at 11:30 a.m.Saturday March 1, 2014 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, Iowa. He was born December 18, 1925, on the Stoot Farm northeast of Youngstown, Warren County, Illinois, the son of Karl Arthur and Susie Brown Gullberg.


He was raised on a farm north of Ponemah, Illinois. He attended LibertySchool and graduated from KirkwoodHigh School in 1941.


During World War II, when the National Guard was called to war, the Illinois Militia was formed of grandkids and grandparents. Bill served as Corporal under Army control, doing flood control, tornado damage, strike control and domestic duties.


With his family, Bill expanded his 4-H project into Gullberg Turkey Farm. For 24 years, thousands of turkeys were raised, dressed and marketed.

In July, 1948, Bill married Shirley Marie Reitman of Little York. She died in March, 2013.


Bill and Shirley began farming on the Reid Everett farm north of Stronghurst, where, with his 3 sons, Bill Jr., Kim, and Jon, he raised and bought cattle in Missouri from farmers to feed out.


Bill was active in community and national affairs. He served on several National Cattlemen’s committees and was active in Democrat Party politics. He served as family historian, and was proud of his Algonquin Native American heritage, as well as his dad’s coming to America in 1910. He was a lifetime member of the MonmouthLutheranChurch and a member of the American Legion.


After retiring, Bill received a real estate license, and established Stronghurst Realty, with his son, Jon.


Survivors include three sons, William K. (Chris) Gullberg Jr., of Kirkwood, IL., Kim (Sherry) Gullberg of Stronghurst, IL., Jon (Diane) Gullberg of Media, IL., eight grandchildren, Meagan, Karl, Taryn, Ross, Holly, Ryan, Kara, and Maggie, nine great grandchildren, and two sisters, Susan Pfuehler of Cheney, WA., and Karlene Gullberg of Columbia, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.Saturday March 8, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. The funeral for Mr. Gullberg will be at 2:00 p.m.Sunday March 9, 2014 at Banks & Beals with Dan Ashton officiating. Burial will be in the OlenaCemetery, near Stronghurst. Memorials have been established for HendersonCountyFamilyOutreachCommunity Center and the Ronald McDonald House. Condolences may be left at

Dorothy Marie Springsteen, 82, of Burlington, died at 8:25 AM Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.


Born January 11, 1932, in Des Moines County, she was the daughter of George W. and Alta Benkert Riemann. On July 15, 1950, she married Elmer Charles Springsteen in Des Moines County.


Dorothy had worked as a secretary for several businesses in Burlington including Sylvania and Burlington Hospital.  She also had held the position as the first ward clerk for the Burlington Hospital.


She was a 1950 graduate of Huron High School.


She was of the Methodist faith.  She took pride in being a good wife, mother, and grandma.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and always had an ice cream cone or homemade oatmeal cookies ready for them with they visited.  Some of Dorothy’s hobbies were putting puzzles together, working outside with her flowers and reading.  She especially enjoyed loving and caring for her pet birds, Teddy and Peaches.


Survivors include her husband, Elmer; one son, Thomas (Karen) Springsteen of Gilbert, AZ; two daughters, Kathy (John) Thompson of Las Vegas, NV, and Diane (Blake) Ruther of West Burlington; five grandchild, John Ryan (Kathy) Thompson of Evansdale, IA, Joshua Thompson of Denver, CO, Sara Springtsteen of Lincoln, NE, Jeremy (Christa) Ruther of Burlington, and Justin (Carrie) Ruther of West Burlington; six great-grandchildren, Allyia, Gabrielle, Riley, Alyssa, and Caden Ruther, and John Davis Thompson; six sisters, Winona Anderson of Kingston, Doris Anne Rechkemmer of Mediapolis, Marcelle Brown of West Burlington, Velma Keitzer of Mediapolis, Virgina Kidder of Knoxville, IA, and one brother, Don Riemann of Longmont, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mrs. Springsteen will be 10:00 AM Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Dean Graber officiating.   A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the service.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society and Great River Hospice.  


A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Dorothy’s obituary at



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Melba Lorraine Grim, age 92, of Washington and formerly of rural Louisa County, died Sunday night, March 2, 2014, at the Halcyon House in Washington.  The daughter of Floyd and Letha Boden Hall, she was born on January 6, 1922 in Elm Grove Township of Louisa County, Iowa.  She graduated from WymanHigh School in 1940.  On April 17, 1943, she married Neil Grim of Wapello at Cairo, Iowa.


Melba lived most of her life on a farm in the LouisaCounty area.  She and her husband raised six children, which involved a lot of fried chicken dinners, full clothes lines, truckloads of sweet corn, canning and freezing foods, and baking her fabulous homemade pies.  Her ‘magic cookie jar’ was always full of her homemade cookies, as well.  It was a common sight to see Melba spending hours in her huge garden every summer.   Melba, a.k.a. ‘The Melbster’, as her family affectionately called her, was a girl’s 4-H leader for several years in MarshallTownship.  She worked for Wapello Apparel, Western Auto, Thatcher Glass in Muscatine, and drove a school bus for Wapello Community Schools for 21 years.


Melba was a member of the Cairo Church of God, and later enjoyed attending Spring
RunChurch, where her Hall family roots began.  After moving to Washington in 2005, she attended the WashingtonUnitedMethodistChurch.  She was a member of the Louisa County Historical Society, where she helped prepare and serve many meals for different functions.


One of her biggest joys was giving her beautiful handmade embroidered quilts, tea towels, pillow cases, and dolls, to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  After failing health, she became a welcomed resident of Halcyon House, where she was fondly known as Grandma Grim by many staff members.


She is survived by four daughters, Vickie (Ralph) Honson of Bettendorf, Rita (Gary) Johnson of Iowa City, Carla (William) Belzer of Williamsburg, and Debbie Grim of San Leandro, California; two sons, Keith (Patty) Grim of Oakville and Terry (Terry K.) Grim of Wapello; 12 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy Buffington of Washington and Joyce Linthicum of Tempe, Arizona; and a brother, Wendall (Barbara) Hall of Packwood.  Her goal was to live long enough to experience her first great great granddaughter scheduled later this month.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Neil; two sisters, June Koepping and Jewell Dowell; four brothers, Herbert, Alfred, Gary and an infant; a son-in-law, Bob Earnest; a grandson, baby Belzer; and two great grandsons, Preston Postl and Kayzen Ecklund.


The funeral ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Rev. Claude Perhealth officiating.  Burial will follow at the WapelloCemetery.  Friends may call after 3:00 PM on Wednesday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home where the family will meet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.


A memorial fund has been established for the benefits of the Louisa County Historical Society, SpringRunChurch, and Washington County Hospice.